Photo by Patti Smith

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The lyrics to Cartwheels were written for my daughter Jesse Paris Smith. Jesse accompanies me on piano on the title song trampin'. It marks her recording debut. Jesse, like her brother Jackson, displays the musical gifts and poise of her late father, Fred 'Sonic' Smith.

Come my one, look at the world
Bird beast butterfly
Girls sing notes of heaven
Birds lift them up to the sky

Spring is departing
Spring is departing

Her thoughts are darting like a rabbit
Like a rabbit 'cross the moon
Shines of light over your hair
As boys croon

Pretty in pink
It makes me wonder
What could ever bring you down
I see tears falling
From those eyes of brown

Hearing a voice, you turn your head
You vanish into the mist
Of your thoughts
And I
Want to grasp
What brings you down
Open up those eyes of brown

The world is changing
Your heart is growing

Hearing a voice you turn your head
Girls turn by ones, by twos
Notes pour bad and tender
Eradicate your blues

The good world
The good world
Come my one, look around you
Bird, beast, butterfly
Girls sing notes from heaven
Birds lift them up to the sky

I see brown eyes
That see girls turning
Girls turning

The good world
The good whirl
The good world
The good whirl

Come my one, look at your world
Don't let it bring you down
Come on open for me
Those eyes of brown

I see girls turning

Written by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
© 2004 Druse Music Inc. (ASCAP) / Mr. Fiyu Music (ASCAP), administered by Bug